Baker University designated Tree Campus USA
Baker University celebrated its Tree Campus USA recognition April 29 by planting an American hornbeam south of the Harter Union plaza.
The university earned Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation announced. This was the first year Baker had been named a Tree Campus USA.
Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation and is supported by a grant from Toyota.
“By encouraging its students to plant trees and participate in service that will help the environment, Baker University is making a positive impact on its community that will last for decades,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “One goal of the Tree Campus USA program is to help create healthier communities for its citizens through the planting of trees, and the city of Baldwin City will certainly benefit from Baker University’s commitment to Tree Campus USA.”
Baker University met the five core standards of tree care and community engagement to receive Tree Campus USA status. The standards are: establish a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
The Ivan Boyd Arboretum, established in 1978 on the Baldwin City campus, has approximately 450 trees on the main campus and 114 species. The university annually adds species to the arboretum. To see more, go online to bakeru.edu/baldwin/prospective-students/cultural-events/ivan-l-boyd-arboretum
Members of Baker’s Arboretum Committee were Roger Boyd, director of natural areas; Nate Poell, technical services librarian; Darrell Hathaway, lead groundskeeper; Jeremy Portlock, energy management technican; Beth Hopkins, president of Earth We Are; and Chris Hamill, a member of the Baldwin Tree Board and local nurseryman.
The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States. Twenty-nine schools were named a Tree Campus USA in 2008, and in three years the number of schools has more than tripled.